Community Question

Voice recognition is one of the most used controls within EZ-Builder however many struggle with accuracy and confidence, more so with the Pandora Bot control. So here are a few tips to improve the accuracy and confidence levels.

Improve Speech Recognition
Start Speech Recognition
1. Go to the Start button.
2. Click on Control Panel.
3. Click on Search box in the upper right-hand corner.
4. Type "Speech".
5. Click on Speech Recognition.
6. Click on Start Speech Recognition.
7. Click on Next.
8. Select the type of microphone you are using and click on Next.
9. Check the position of your microphone and click on Next.
10. Read the sentence provided and click on Next. Note: You can proceed to the next page only after reading the sentences.
11. Click on Next.
12. Choose "Disable document review" radio button and click on Next.
13. Choose "Voice activation mode" radio button and click on Next.
14. Click on Next.
15. Click on Next. Note: you can access the list of commands the computer can respond to later if you do not want to print it out at this time.
16. Click on Next. Note: you can uncheck "Run Speech Recognition at startup" box if you do not want Speech Recognition to start automatically.
17. Click on Start Tutorial if you are new to Speech Recognition or Skip Tutorial Note: you can take the tutorial at another time.

1. Right-click on Speech Recognition Bar.
2. Move mouse over Configuration.
3. Click on Improve Voice Recognition from the sub-menu.
4. Follow the Speech Recognition Voice Training tutorial.

To Train a word or Phrase
1. Say "Open Speech Dictionary" OR
2. Right-click on Speech Recognition Bar.
3. Click on Open the Speech Dictionary.
4. Click on Add a new word (You can also say it).
5. Type in the word or phrase you want to train.
6. Click on Next.
7. Check the Record a pronunciation upon Finish box.
8. Make sure speech recognition bar says "Listening".
9. Click the Finish button.
10. Click the Record button. (Note: Make sure you are satisfied with your recording before moving further. If not, repeat step 8.)
11. Uncheck I want to make more modifications to the Speech Dictionary upon Finish box.
12. Click on Finish.

When I have time I'll add some supporting images to this to make it easier.
Commented May 2013
Currently I have a bluetooth headset connected, which is probably what I will be keeping now. It's not great, in fact it's pretty poor to be honest, I don't think it's any better than the kinect mic array I was using.

I think it'll just work with EZ-Builder but not entirely sure since the last time I used Dragon was when it was first released probably over a decade ago, it may just be coincidental but my other voice software I use seems to be working much better now.
Dave Schulpius
Commented May 2013
Yes, the last time I used Dragon was about 10 years ago also. It was a cool little toy at the time and was neat to talk to you computer and see it type what you say. Most of the time anyway. I remember it also opened windows programs if you had Win 95 at the time. Anyway, I gave up on it as it was a little clunky and at that time typing was easier then having to go back and correct missed words on those slow computers back then.

I've very interested in how you will get EZ Builder to integrate with Dragon through Windows. Please keep us informed on all the hows and whys. If you can get it to work with EZ Builder I'm going to pick up a copy.

What version did you acquire? I see the Home version is up to 12.0 and they offer a premium version that does more.
Commented May 2013
It looks like I was wrong to assume it takes over from Windows VR. You can, however program it to control pretty much anything (somehow) but integrating with EZ-Builder may not be as simple as I had hoped. I know Tony (@toymaker) uses Dragon, he may offer some advice here...

Also, it still is a little clunky, or it is on my PC (which desperately needs upgrading!). I'll put more in to it when I eventually upgrade.

On another note, I did find a cool little program that saves voice profiles. Microsoft Speech Recognition Profile Manager Tool - I haven't tried it yet but it looks like it could prove to be very useful.
Commented May 2013
Rich, I currently use DNS11 with our own Ai and robot control software, but with EZ-B I use the Windows speech recognition engine as it been integrated into EZ-Builder. I am not sure if it would possible to use DNS with EZ-Builder as they are two totally different systems.

In my experience, Dragon is miles better than the Windows engine, but you have to buy it. I will in the future be looking into ways of trying to do connect DNS and also our face recognition (and eye tracking) software with EZ-Builder via something like telnet.
Commented May 2013
That's what I suspected once I was using it but the confirmation is always good to have (even if I did want to be wrong). I had, somewhat naively assumed it would just take over from Windows speech recognition.

I'll be looking at figuring out how to use it with EZ-Builder eventually but for the time being I have a lot of work to do moving all voice commands for non EZ-B related stuff to DNS... which should prove to be rather "fun"

Telnet seems to be the easiest way to connect/control EZ-Builder since it can use EZ-Script and is very simple. A controlcommand to set something going or stop something, even passing variables through (which could be very good for the Pandora Bot control I know a lot of people want but can't achieve high enough accuracy).

For now though, stick to basic windows voice recognition (or what I've come to think of as voice activation since it's not very good at recognition without a set phrase list).
Asked on Friday, April 26, 2013